Some of the coolest cars are built with cars most people would throw away. In this day and age of hard to find old Ford steel body’s you never throw anything away. Case in point with John Mumford’s 1933 Ford 3 window coupe is to say the car was a basket case would be putting it mildly. John’s vision however was to save another one from the scrap yard and since we would be heavily modifying one anyway, why would you cut up a good one. On just one visit with John I knew what he wanted and I saw his vision, an old school car with all the bitchin pieces, all placed in a way that would scream hot rod when completed. We had the coolest parts to pick from, all of which John had been collecting for years. A V8 quick change rear end, 5 speed Trans, Halibrand magnesium wheels, Coker dirt tracks and ribs, Kinmont discs brakes, and of course the Arden V8, based on a 59AB block fitted with a 4-inch Merc crank, ¾ race Delong cam, original heads, S.CO.T blower and two Stromberg 97’s, all assembled by the late Dave Enmark. Knowing the types of cars John has built in the past with other builders like Roy Brizio, I knew the competition was strong and the car had to be one that John could hop into and drive to Texas and look good doing it. So we were off and running to build a coupe that could stand on its own in Johns collection of cars. Starting with the factory chassis, we modified the center section to accommodate the T-5 transmission and Wilcap adapter. All x-members were replaced with new C – channel and holes cut to duplicate the stock appearance. The modified 3-inch front cross member gave it a lower stance and moved it forward to allow room for the power plant. The rear cross member is a model A for a quick-change clearance with the frame horns shortened three inches. The quick-change rear-end is supported by 35-37 wishbones and a custom-built leaf spring by Dun Bar spring and the rear-end housing was narrowed by Hot Rod Works. Up front is a Super Bell dropped axle, drilled and chromed with drilled radius rods and a custom-made pitman arm for the F1 steering box. Kinmont discs do the braking. After countless hours on the chassis, we were on our way to start working on the body. Many weeks were spent getting the body back to being a complete body with new quarters by Steve’s Auto Restoration as well as the new louvered trunk lid, new rockers, new door jambs, even a driver’s door was fabricated from two sedan doors, and 80% of the roof was hand made. After getting the coupe into shape, the floor was channeled 6 inches, the top was chopped 3 ½ inches and the windshield pillars were laid-back. The firewall was retained stock but recessed 4 inches. In the interior, we traded the stock dash for a 40 Ford piece and modified the stock 33 windshield crank into the dash. Custom made door sills were made to resemble stock pieces. Sid Chaver’s did the black and cream roll and pleat upholstery. Black and cream PPG paint was used through-out. Looking the car over you will see a countless number of one off pieces. Custom fan assembly, rear spreader bar, license plate frame mount, tail light stands, radiator, fuel lines, tack mount and the list goes on. The ultimate compliment was when John picked up the car and told me that he wouldn’t change a thing. I knew then that we had built his vision.